Somalia: Failed State, Economic Success? | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

Somalia: Failed State, Economic Success?This article draws heavily on his research in “Somalia After State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement?” coauthored with Ryan Ford and Alex Nowrasteh, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 67, 2008.Perhaps the title overstates the situation slightly. It is hard to call any country mired in poverty an economic success. Yet by most measures Somalia’s poverty is diminishing and Somalia has improved living standards faster than the average sub-Saharan African country since the early 1990s. In that sense Somalia is at least a relative success story. The most interesting part of Somalia’s success is that it has all been achieved while the country has lacked any effective central government.

Somalia: Failed State, Economic Success? | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

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